Far too often contemporary kitchens are expanses of clean white, sharp lines and modern practicality. Modern kitchens have their merits — they’re easy to clean, smart and stylish, and can be suited to almost any home. However, they can lack the personality many of us desire in our homes.
A pop of colour here and there is the best way to bring interest to a drab room. Get inspiration for your colourful space with this selection of our most creative kitchen ideas.
1. Bold retro-style kitchen
This 1960s-inspired kitchen in Doncaster features high-shine orange and grey units, combined with retro patterned tiles. Pops of black help to link the kitchen and dining areas, while white Silestone work surfaces are durable and help to tie the look together.
2. Redesigned coastal townhouse
Black is a brilliant tone to use if you want to make other colours stand our. This modern space, with its blue feature wall is striking with a clean, dark island sitting in front of the vibrant aqua wall. Texture is introduced through the floorboards, and the rest of the scheme is kept simple and white.
3. Geometric kitchen tiles
The striking blue geometric tiles add a stripe of colour across this otherwise neutral design. Pale wood and white walls contrast the bold colours used for the units and the appliances on the stainless steel worktop add further interest.
4. Colourful kitchen-diner in a family home
Patterned tiles are a brilliant way to add a splash of colour to a room. This colourful space contrasts textured wooden units against the geometric patterns of the tiled splashback. To create further contrast, the island, pots and various other details are a deep, vibrant red.
5. Retro blue kitchen
Combining chunky painted oak frames with flat birch plywood doors in a vibrant blue, gave these homeowners the vintage style they wanted. The units by Sustainable Kitchens have been paired with a chequered Marmoleum floor in Black Hole and Moon tones from Forbo flooring systems.
6. Combining deep grey and brass
Deep grey and open shelving are two key trends for kitchens at the moment, and this space in Tunbridge Wells features both. This kitchen – by Woodwork Kitchens – successfully combines both traditional elements, such as the marble worktops, with contemporary touches, like the brass tap and handles, to create a timeless look.
7. A modern red kitchen
Contemporary kitchens are often kept white to reflect natural light around the room and create a bright space. However, this contemporary kitchen has been injected with a splash of colour that doesn’t darken the space. The red adds striking personality to an already beautiful room.
8. Contemporary colourful kitchen
These contemporary high gloss units deviate from the simple white and opting for a bright blue finish helps to reflect light around the large space.
9. Blue coach house kitchen
The kitchen of this coach house has a distinctly industrial feel, making use of the home’s original features. The exposed brick wall and wooden floorboards add texture against the matching blue woodwork, door and window frames.
10. A dash of colour in an industrial kitchen
The bright orange feature wall at the far end adds a point of visual interest to the room. The rest of the kitchen is full of textures, from the floor tiles to the worktops, all contrasting beautifully with the focal point of the orange wall.
11. An eclectic Brighton family kitchen
Mismatched colourful furniture and accessories add vibrancy to this kitchen. It goes to show that, even if your room isn’t painted or decorated in colourful shades, the accessories you choose can add a wealth of visual interest.
12. Industrial-style kitchen extension
This industrial style kitchen extension is a lesson in contrasting a deep colour, with the texture of natural materials. The natural stone floor tiles and exposed brick wall add warmth to the space, while the polished granite worktop of the kitchen island adds a professional touch. The industrial-style Edison bulbs, along with the row of rooflights fill the room with sunlight.
13. A yellow townhouse kitchen
The kitchen of this Georgian townhouse uses a bold yellow to brighten up an otherwise monotone colour palette. The room remains incredibly stylish with its grey units, copper pendant lights and natural stone floor tiles, but the splash of yellow adds personality to the space.
14. Open-plan kitchen for entertaining family
This kitchen goes with a minimalist design, with champagne units sitting against white worktops and simple tiles. The splashback provided the perfect place to add a dash of colour, in this case, a strip of bright orange, livening up the scheme and adding personality to the design.
15. Restored Victorian pumphouse
Colour has been injected in this room through the use of the exposed brick wall at the far end. Yellows and reds complement the otherwise simple, white units and another splash of colour comes from the unconventional yellow worktops
16. A striking purple kitchen
The owners of this four bedroom, former weaver’s cottage wanted to take a traditional house and add a modern twist to the interiors. The kitchen is a mix of shaker style, with modern accessories and a impactful purple colour scheme.
17. A colourful farmhouse kitchen
This eclectic farmhouse kitchen has been painted in an unconventional shade of soft pink. It gives the space a calming ambience alongside the warm tones of the wooden floorboards and beams. The blue island and units become a feature against the otherwise soft palette.